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Update England's tour of South Africa called off on medical grounds

England's white-ball tour of South Africa has been called off, Cricbuzz has learnt. The three T20Is were played as scheduled, but the three-match ODI series, which was to have started on Friday, was delayed three times in four days because of positive tests for Covid-19 in both squads and at their shared hotel in Cape Town.

The decision to abandon the tour, which was taken on Monday (December 7), is a crushing blow to CSA's hopes of rekindling the game in the aftermath of the pandemic. Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan are due to tour in the coming weeks, but they will surely reconsider in the wake of the problems England encountered.

Three of the South Africans contracted the disease after England arrived on November 17. Two England players have since returned positive tests, along with two workers at the hotel.


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